The Art will sell the art

Walking into the gallery there was a fellow with white hair and glasses hunkered behind his keyboard. I looked over the art on display as I walked around the gallery that was predominantly Native American artifacts. The wisdom that was passed on from that day forth by Bruce Vanlandingham that set the site on what art actually is, and its purpose, has been the standard to strive for in this journey of being an artist. He has forgot more about art than I will ever know.

Bruce Wisdom #1 “Just because a person paints pictures doesn’t necessarily make them an artist”

#2 “You want your art to be represented well?”

“Yes”

“Just because a building hangs pictures, it doesn’t necessarily make them a gallery. It doesn’t represent the art.” Then he looks right at me, “Do you know the difference?”

#3 “This gallery is always in a state of evolving”

#4“I want to know everything there is to know about a style of art and what the medium has to offer, when I have exhausted all there is to know, I move onto another idea”

#5 “I don’t do this (own a gallery) because I have to, I do this because I love the art”

#6 “Everything that Native Americans made was beautiful”

#7 “Resin is toxic”

#8 “The library is the most important part of this gallery”

#9 “If someone comes through the door with an artifact I have to know the tribe it was made, the time period it was created in, but most of all, I have to know how much I can flip it for. If I don’t know one of these things I am losing money and that is not my business model”

#10 “Drawing with silver is something they don’t teach you in college. It is what the masters used all the time for their sketches”

DSC_0028.JPG

Headstone: I wish I would have worked one more day

This idea of creating art is an idea that is terrifying and almost irrational as to the practicality of a stable life. The questions that abound are “Why would anyone want to buy this art, Why would anyone want to buy my art, What am I doing” I then thought of all my life’s work put into one building and that building burns to the ground or if everyone’s building burnt to the ground. It doesn’t matter that the art was accepted, appreciated, there is now a hole in the human experience and someone at that moment in time had something to say. When countries go to war the first thing they do is knock out the culture from that country that is being taken over. It is destroyed and lost to time. The fact that someone had something to say and put it out into the world is the shaping of the type of society in which they choose to live as by the means of the acceptance of ideas and aesthetic appeal. Everything is a fabrication from the buildings we live to the money we spend. The time in between is all there is to leave a mark. Even the health of a society is dictated by the celebration of its cultures and visuals to exemplify a thriving place to live and the art shapes that time as being the idea that this society isn’t so war torn or starving that folks can afford the idea of a few folks running around and pushing ideas in how the necessity of survival is not the top of the hierarchy of needs. Driving the long hours the other day “Death and art are eternal”.

DSC_0016.JPG